2020 March 15

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Mar/15/2020 -- Daily News Summary -- Pashinyan unknowingly socialized with COVID patient; tests negative -- Ejmiatsin city entry & exits closed -- Russia arrests March 1st suspect -- Other major stories on Post-Revolution Changes, Anti-Corruption, Economy, Politics, Diaspora, Daily Life, and more...
by ar_david_hh

Disclaimer: All the accused are innocent until proven guilty by the court of law, even if they may sound as being guilty. Currency in Armenian Drams ֏ unless specified otherwise.


Russia arrests March 1st fugitive on the run

After the 2018 revolution, the govt re-launched the March 1st, 2008 investigation. Former regime's March 1st investigator Vahagn Harutyunyan was charged with forgery and covering up evidence. He was placed on the wanted list in absentia.

The Russian police have found and arrested him. An extradition hearing will take place.

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Harutyunyan earlier flew to Russia for "medical reasons". Armenian court, meanwhile, issued an arrest warrant for him. The Appeals Court then overturned the arrest warrant.

If he returns to Armenia, it is likely that his passport will be taken away to prevent travel, instead of pre-trial arrest, unless prosecutors take the case to Cassations court.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/183036

Aronyan's wife will be fine

Grandmaster Levon Aronyan's wife had a bad car accident yesterday. She was in critical condition. Doctors improved her condition. She's stable now. Broken bones.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/183021

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/183026

COVID context

The sh-t broke loose when a patient traveled from Italy to Ejmiatsin city on February 29th, a time when there were still no recorded COVID cases in Armenia and there were no forced quarantine measures. Instead of following instructions of staying isolated and reporting symptoms, the person chose to leave the home, attend a barbershop, a wedding, etc.

Dozens of people she had contact with tested positive with COVID.

a young kid with COVID / some parents resist quarantine

A school-age child in Ejmiatsin has also tested positive with COVID. Healthcare Ministry is isolating his classmates and teachers.

Hetq outlet reports that the schoolkid is a 3rd grader, while Factor outlet says he's a high schooler. 35 fellow classmates and parents are being quarantined. The school director says a few parents are resisting a quarantine. (EITHER A QUARANTINE OR A CREMATORY, MAKE THEM CHOOSE)

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/183033

https://hetq.am/hy/article/114460#.Xm35oMFE4l8.facebook

https://factor.am/230055.html

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/183024

Korea had its own "Ejmiatsin wedding"

Things were looking good in South Korea until Patient31 ignored symptoms and went to church and other social events, despite earlier being told to get tested for COVID (she denies she was told).

She was eventually tested once things got worse. 1200 people who attended the areas where she went eventually reported feeling sick, with hundreds of them testing positive with COVID.

80% of Korea's cases are linked to this incident.

https://graphics.reuters.com/CHINA-HEALTH-SOUTHKOREA-CLUSTERS/0100B5G33SB/index.html

advises against religion sermons

Ejmiatsin is the holy city where the main church is. Today the church held a sermon attended by many people.

Healthcare Ministry recommended not to attend religions sermons. "I don't know the church's full schedule, but in South Korea and Iran, the COVID exploded because of religious sermons. Don't attend them until COVID is gone," said Minister Torosyan.

The church shut down some of its services related to education, museum, social services. They'll hold a meeting tomorrow to discuss further plans.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/183029

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/183045

Ejmiatsin gets 3 more COVID / total 23

52 more wedding incident related tests were conducted and 3 came positive in Ejmiatsin. They were already quarantined for having contact with the patient-zero from Italy.

21 are feeling fine. 2 have pneumonia. 0 threats for life. 1 recovered (confirmed).

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/183032

airport navigator employee COVID / Civil Aviation chief

The 75 employees of the HayAeronavigation air traffic coordination agency have been self-quarantined after one of their colleagues tested positive with COVID. Part of Zvartnots airport was closed to act as a quarantine area.

Rumors were circulated that the Civil Aviation Chief Revazyan fled the country to Denmark to escape COVID (lol). This was denied. Revazyan is on a scheduled pregnancy vacation. (she grew up in Denmark)

"Denmark is more dangerous than Armenia right now. I decided to take my pregnancy vacation and stay with my family in Danmark now instead of March 20th because the Danish govt made changes to its travel policies. I'll continue to work remotely," said Aviation chief Revazyan.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/183015

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/183020

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1008636.html

Ministries and remote work

The govt instructed all Ministries to consider having their employees work from home to the best of their abilities, for the next 10 days.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/183017

malls shut down / COVID

Yerevan Mall, Russia Mall, and Dalma Mall will close for a week.

Pics of empty malls: https://hetq.am/hy/article/114477

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/183022

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/183025

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/183039

rapid test kids

Healthcare Ministry will purchase a new type of rapid COVID test kid to get the results in 15 minutes.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/183052

3 more COVID / 2 Ejmiatsin & 1 from Meghri

2 new Ejmiatsin cases related to the wedding.

1 patient is from Meghri. He recently came from Italy.

Total 26 cases. 577 tests. 300 currently quarantined.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/183051

Pashinyan had contact with COVID patient / Ejmiatsin city isolated

Pashinyan went LIVE:

28 cases so far, with 18 from Ejmiatsin wedding.

24 entries and exits will be closed in Ejmiatsin city. 3 will remain open for drivers. Every traveler will be tested for temp and isolated if necessary.

In the past, we had dozens of deaths from H1N1. At the time there was no panic because of a lack of social media. I think we're handling the situation well. It wouldn't be practical to auto-quarantine thousands of people and hold them for 2 weeks in the initial stages, to then learn that we had no resources to quarantine more risky late-stage travelers.

The 1 COVID patient from Meghri is an Italian businessman who owns a fast-food location. I recently visited there, ate food, and spoke with him. This is why I took another COVID test today. The results will be ready soon. The first lady and I currently self-isolated in Sevan.

Tomorrow morning we'll discuss a possible declaration of an emergency situation in some parts of the country, and what to do about the April 5th referendum.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/183059

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1008689.html

videos of Ejmiatsin travel restrictions

https://youtu.be/Dz_L1iPvH7M

https://youtu.be/kyPSoZf825c?t=126

NO campaign and other opposition parties support State of Emergency

The NO campaign says "it looks like declaring the State of Emergency is necessary and inevitable." LHK and BHK Parties also supports it. This could postpone the April 5th referendum.

https://factor.am/230043.html

Ejmiatsin sidewalks chloro-bombed

The sanitation department is using chlorine and/or other chemicals to disinfect the streets of Ejmiatsin.

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/PAYDQ6MoJYM

mass events canceled in Echmiatsin

1st deputy PM Avinyan spoke with Ejmiatsin mayor and was informed that the city's wedding, parties, and other mass gatherings were shut down.

There were unconfirmed reports of a few weddings "slipping through".

https://www.auroranews.am/news/2020-03-15-nikol-pashinyann-aysor-handes-kga-karevor-haytararutyamb-pokhvarchapet-tigran-avinyan

Spanish 1st lady

The wife of Spanish PM is tested positive with COVID.

https://factor.am/229954.html

who is the mysterious Meghri patient?

Pashinyan said he had physical contact with a fast-food owner in Meghri who later tested positive.

PM traveled to the Meghri area on March 10. The Italian traveler in Meghri returned from Italy the same day, and a report says he felt ill and self-quarantined quickly. It is not known when and how he managed to have contact with PM.

https://news.am/arm/news/566135.html

negative

Pashinyan's 2nd test came negative. The Meghri patient did not infect him. He'll return to work tomorrow morning to discuss a possible State of Emergency.

https://www.facebook.com/nikol.pashinyan/

COVID situation as of late Sunday

0 deaths. 1 recovered. 27 active cases. 2 of them have pneumonia but they're doing good. The vast majority either don't have a fever or have it very mild.

6 of the cases were imported from abroad, with the rest contracting from them.

One known importer is the super-spreader from Ejmiatsin wedding.

Another known importer is the Italian businessman from Meghri who had contact with Pashinyan.

The third known importer is the mysterious aviation workers whose colleagues self-quarantined.

Stay tuned...



Link to original report and comments: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/fjb46a/mar152020_daily_news_summary_pashinyan/


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